The Lightweight ChampionBy Bhanu Chopra
The Rebirth of the Calypso
The AIKON line was created as a reincarnation of Maurice Lacroix’s iconic Calypso timepieces that were produced from 1990 to 2003. The line was highly successful, making a name for the Swiss watchmaker. Several important elements of Calypso DNA were carried into the design of the AIKON line, including the flat sapphire crystal, the unique protruding lugs that join with the bracelet and the distinctive six arms that adorn the fixed bezel. These design elements create an instantly recognizable silhouette despite the many variations in theme and style.
The AIKON Line
There are dozens of models of the AIKON line with both quartz and automatic movements, each an exploration of color, complication and aesthetic while remaining a cohesive collection due to their underlying DNA. From subtle and elegant to sporty to slightly eccentric, there is truly an AIKON to suit any taste. The AIKON Automatic Titanium Chronograph is the newest member of the automatic family that introduces the use of titanium for a lighter, stronger and more rugged sport chronograph.
Automatic Titanium Chronograph
The material is scratch resistant for a brushed matte finish that will last, and is 50% lighter than steel for comfort on the wrist despite the substantial 44 mm case size. The iconic six arms on the bezel are in a polished finish, that stand out in contrast against the brushed darker gray of the titanium case.
The dial is in dark gunmetal gray with the familiar embossed square pattern that serves as a backdrop to three subdials in a brilliant blue for the minute and chronograph hour counters and the small seconds hand. The polished thread and circular snailing elevate the sub-dials to pop against the texture of the dial. A framed day-and-date display is situated with an eye for balance against the blue sub-dials and in coordination with the Maurice Lacroix logo. The final aesthetic is one of brisk legibility and decisive masculinity.
The Automatic ML 112 is based on the Sellita SW500, and features circular-graining and vertical Côtes de Genève on bridges and rotor. The functions include the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph complications, a small seconds sub-dial and day and date window.
The AIKON Automatic Titanium Chronograph is paired with an integrated brushed titanium bracelet with the link detail lugs of its heritage. The bracelet can be changed in two simple clicks with the easy strap exchange function, allowing an infinite variety of character and personality in a few moments.
The Bottom Line
With this newest edition to Maurice Lacroix’s flagship collection, they’ve created a watch with strong colorway, a versatile style that can work double duty at work and at play, and a comfortable wear with the lightweight titanium that will withstand the wear and tear of daily use. With a price tag of just over $4,000, it is not only easy to wear on the wrist, it is also easy on the pocket book.
Movement: Automatic ML 112 movement, Base Sellita SW500, 46 hours power reserve
Functions: Central hours and minutes, small second, 30-minute chronograph and 12-hour chronograph, day and date
Case: 44 mm x 15 mm, Titanium, 200m water resistance
Strap: Titanium bracelet with butterfly buckle and easy strap exchange
Price: USD $4,300